Refractive Keratoplasty for Disabling Astigmatism After Penetrating Keratoplasty

David L. Mccartney, Clayton E. Whitney, Walter J. Stark, Stephen K. Wong, David A. Bernitsky

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Postoperative astigmatism is one of the major limitations of penetrating keratoplasty. In an attempt to reduce postkeratoplasty astigmatism, we combined corneal-relaxing incisions with orthogonal compression sutures, guided by the intraoperative use of a ring keratometer. Eleven consecutive patients from a mixed referral population with functionally disabling astigmatism were studied. The average preoperative keratometric cylinder of 11.68 diopters was reduced by 7.95 (±3.03 SD) diopters. Each patient's net keratometric cylinder was reduced. We believe that this technique is safer and more predictable than previously published techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)954-957
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of ophthalmology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1987


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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Mccartney, D. L., Whitney, C. E., Stark, W. J., Wong, S. K., & Bernitsky, D. A. (1987). Refractive Keratoplasty for Disabling Astigmatism After Penetrating Keratoplasty. Archives of ophthalmology, 105(7), 954-957.